No Guts, No Glory

I love the quote from the movie, The Princess Bride, “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” There is real truth in that. Human nature is to do whatever we can to avoid pain in life, making pain-relief a good selling point. God has taught me about His faithfulness and my... Continue Reading →

Thanks-GIVING

Single life can be lonely, but it is also peaceful. There is only one family to please, and there are few demands on my time or attention. Thursday was quiet and restful for me, and I spent some time reflecting on this holiday that should be more religious than it is. In centuries past, on... Continue Reading →

Get Used To Disappointment

At times this life can be so filled with disappointments and discouragement. We see this world around us is filled with sin, evil, disease, destruction, and despair; yet all of us have this idea in our minds of how good we think our lives should be or will be. It seems like we all set... Continue Reading →

The Joys of Discipline

Ongoing stress is wearing me down. If there is anything that has been my saving grace in all of the busyness, it is self-discipline. I often look back with gratitude on my first big lesson in discipline. I was seventeen when I started running. I had never liked running, or exercise in general, but I... Continue Reading →

The Positive Pessimist

Some see the glass as half-empty and others see it as half-full. Both are correct, so I am not sure that this idiom is really an indication of a person’s outlook. In my view, it is less about the current level of water in the glass, and more about how concerned a person is with... Continue Reading →

Giving Honor Where Honor Is Due

I am the product of who my parents are and how they raised me; this is not unusual. Ultimately, it was God who created me, and His design was a unique blend of my parents’ characteristics. That I combine my father’s talkativeness with my mother’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude, is just the tip of the iceberg. When... Continue Reading →

Leaving the Tough Girl Behind

I always have a song playing in my head, and more often than not, it is also coming out of my mouth. If you spent time around me, eventually you would catch me singing country songs. Some of my favorites are by the artist Miranda Lambert, and I often find myself singing “Gunpowder & Lead”... Continue Reading →

Fairytales and Other Pet Peeves

Someone treaded on a pet peeve of mine this week and stoked the flames of my true passion, which is to encourage others to live a life of undivided devotion to God. This blog exists because I feel called to exhort single women of all ages to live seeking God and not a spouse. Whatever... Continue Reading →

No Ifs, Ands, or Buts

I was barely eighteen when a man told me that I was the kind of woman who a man would work seven years for, and then another seven years, like Jacob did for Rachel. It was flattering, and at that young age, I wasn’t too bothered that it was followed by a but. It is... Continue Reading →

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